Here are all the new parts ready to be launched. The cutlass bearing is mounted in the sleeve on the right. It supports the shaft, and when it failed, it wore the shaft down and both needed to be replaced.
Here comes the splash! It was a long month, living on the boat "on the hard." We were really happy to get relaunched. And no, it doesn't actually splash in the water. It goes much slower than that (thankfully).
Immediately after launching, the crane picked up our mast and stepped it up. Things are sure looking up now.
The next day we put all the sails up and continued getting ready to continue our journey. It looks like the next weather window to cross Mobile Bay and on to Florida is in a few days...